By Kim Fernandez
Tim Cotton is a sergeant with the Bangor, Maine, police department. He’s 53. His dad was a cop, his grandfather was a fire chief, and he became a cop at age 25 after trying out a career in radio. He worked crime for a long time and then shifted into the public information officer job for his little department in his tiny town.
He’d probably be jockeying a desk in obscurity except that part of his job is running the Bangor police department’s Facebook page, which he’s single-handedly grown to have an audience of 230,000 people—seven times the population of Bangor. His posts about the, , and the are hilarious, educational, and just fun to read. They also focus on the goodness of people, which isn’t something we often find on the news and a great reason to go viral (Kardashians, take note).
My favorite part of Cotton’s posts are they way they always end:
Keep your hands to yourself, leave other people’s things alone, and be kind to one another.
I mean, right? Simple, basic, and nearly poetic. The very best kind of mantra. And a great reminder when I click over to his page for my daily dose of laughs and warm fuzzies.if you’d like to start your mornings off on the same great note. I highly recommend it.
Kim Fernandez is IPI’s director of publications and editor of The Parking Professional.